The Spy Who Told Me: The Battle Against the Islamic State

September 12, 2014 6:09 AM

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The Spy Who Told Me: The Battle Against the Islamic State

The crisis with the Islamic State is just beginning. This is the main conclusion to take away from President Barack Obama’s speech to the nation Wednesday night. The next phase will be long, complicated and full of risks — and we have much still to figure out about how, precisely, to achieve success.

This is what the president did: He clearly committed the United States to use air power more aggressively in support of ground forces drawn from the region; to include targets in Syria; and to send 475 U.S. ground troops to advise, train, equip and provide intelligence to Iraqi forces. He also wants...

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